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This is the benefit of bitter melon as a herbal medicine

KONTAN.CO.ID – JAKARTA. Are you a fan of bitter melon? Besides being able to be processed into a cooking menu, bitter melon is useful as herbal medicine.

What comes to your mind the first time Pare is mentioned?

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Generally, people will answer bitterly. Yes, bitter melon is indeed a green vegetable that has a bitter taste.

Although bitter pare is liked by people. Generally, pare is processed into a menu of stir-fried vegetables or dumplings

In fact, behind the bitter taste, bitter melon has good benefits for health when consumed properly.

For those of you who are not familiar with bitter melon. Quoting from the book Benefits & Benefits of Pare by Dr. Tati SS Subahar & Lentara’s team, apparently pare is not only growing and developing in Indonesia, bitter melon also grows in Japan, the Philippines, India and China.

Did you know that there are three types of bitter melon, namely green bitter melon, white bitter melon, and snake pare. Green bitter melon is a type of bitter melon which is widely consumed by the people of the country.

As the name implies, green bitter melon has a green color with a bitter taste. Green bitter melon fruit oval with a rash surface.

The content of bitter melon

Similar to other fruits and vegetables, bitter melon is high in fiber. Not only that, bitter melon is also rich in vitamins and minerals that are good for health.

In 100 grams of fresh bitter melon fruit contains 1.6 grams of fiber, 288 mg calcium, 110 mg beta carotene, potassium, 270 mg, 0.06 mg tiamine, 0.07 mg riboflavine.

Not only the fruit, bitter melon leaves also contain lots of vitamins and minerals. Quoting from the book The Miracle of Vegetables by Farah Rizki.S Gz, 100 grams of fresh bitter melon leaves contain 264 mg of calcium, 5 mg of iron, 666 mg of phosphorus, 0.05 mg of vitamin A, 170 mg of vitamin C, and 88 mg of folasan.

This content is what makes bitter melon widely used as a medicinal plant.

Benefits of bitter melon as herbal medicine

It is no secret that bitter melon fruit and leaves contain lots of vitamins and minerals. Pare is also included as an herbal plant that is believed to be able to prevent and treat a number of mild to chronic diseases.

Here are the benefits of bitter melon for body health that you should know

1. Treating diabetes

Pare is touted as anti diabetes. In fact, not only prevents diabetes, bitter melon is also useful as a diabetes mellitus drug, aka diabetes.

Pare contains lectins which have insulin-like activity. Lectins are able to reduce blood glucose concentrations by acting on peripheral tissues that function like insulin.

Not only that, bitter melon also contains flavonoids and alkaloids that stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin to control blood sugar levels for people with diabetes.

Pare also contains active compounds saponins, carantines and glycosides which are useful for reducing blood sugar levels in the body.

2. Reducing fever

Pare contains charantin and bitter alkaloid, namely momordicin. These substances are useful for curing fever.

Not only the fruit, bitter melon leaves are also effective in reducing fever.

3. Deworming

Apart from treating fever and diabetes, bitter melon is also effective as a worm medicine. Pare extract has a powerful anthelmintic effect against worms.

In addition, bitter melon is also effective in improving digestion and relieving bloating.

4. Anticancer

Not only being a drug, bitter melon is also useful as an antidote to cancer. This is because bitter melon contains high antioxidants

5. Thrush

Pare leaves can heal canker sores. Don’t be surprised, bitter melon leaves are rich in vitamin C and also active compounds that are effective in curing thrush.

Pare leaves can be an option to cure canker sores for those of you who are reluctant to use canker sores.

Pare side effects

Pare is indeed rich in benefits, but that does not mean you can consume large amounts of it carelessly.

In a study, it shows that long-term consumption of bitter melon has the potential to kill sperm, trigger impotence, damage the testicles and damage the liver.

So you should eat enough bitter melon so you don’t trigger side effects.

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